Thursday, 30 May 2013

Clothing maker from the Vaal

On today’s Couture Corner feature we interview Tshwane University of Technology fashion graduate and owner of  Tsotetsi KL which he runs in South Africa’s capital Pretoria. The young ambitions designer interned at Monarchy Couture a fashion studio based in Pretoria while furthering his studies. 

Tsotetsi was a finalist in the Eco Design Competition in 2010 which he won. Following the achievement Tsotetsi had an opportunity to showcase his creativity in Sweden in 2011. In his final year of studies he interned for one of South Africa’s top designers Clive Rundle and in March 2012 he was the Fast-track Young Finalist and showcased at The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  

Who is khothatso Tsotetsi and what inspired you to be a fashion designs?
“I am a young boy originally from the Vaal, who decided to study fashion design technology in Pretoria.” ” I worked my way up and saw a need to live fashion officially.” “I completed my four years in fashion and now I run my own studio at Menlopark, in Pretoria.”

What inspires your designs?
“My designs are differently inspired occasionally depending on the season for collection.” “Though, every design needs to be a creation of class and sophistication.”

Who specifically wears your garments?
“That one woman who is not afraid of standing out from the rest.”  “She must adore being unique and does not feel like it’s an effort to dress up.”  

What makes your garments stand out?
“Every Tsotetsi KL creation by Khothatso is distinct in detail and craftsmanship.”“The vision is to maintain its quality and refine it always.”

What’s your favourite season for fashion?
“Spring/Summer, there is always parts of the canvas exposed and guaranteed to have flow, print and shorts somewhere.”

What’s to be expected from you as a designer in the next 5 years?
“There is always room for growth in every field, and us building a firm foundation for the brand and us ensuring secure clientele for the business.”

Life without fashion would be….?

Ashley Mokwena

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